The ancient Roman Goddess Fortuna has been a very well known and popular Goddess since at least 640 B.C.E. From Her ancient origins, She survived throughout the Common Era and into contemporary culture. The Goddess Herself is perhaps best known now by Her symbol: the Wheel of Fortune.
Many temples were dedicated to Goddess Fortuna in ancient times and she took on different roles depending on the type of assistance requested by the petitioner. These different roles are represented in names describing Her various aspects; many of these aspects are also included in the names of Her festivals.
The festivals of the Goddess Fortuna, as they have been handed down through the ages, are shown on the Calendar page of this website.
Fortuna Statue for Worship in the Home
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Fortuna, Roman replica of Greek Statue of the Fourth Century CE,
from the New Wing Chiaromonte Museum of the Vatican Museums,
Vatican City, Italy. Photo credit: Sailko
Many additional roles and aspects of the Goddess Goddess Fortuna are mentioned in inscriptions and dedications, and not provided separate festival dates on the traditional Roman calendar.
Some of these roles include Fortuna Privata, Goddess Fortuna's aspect in personal life or in the home, Fortuna Salutaris and Fortuna Balnearis, who may hear prayers for good health and who graces health-bringing baths, and Fortuna-Venus who embodies pure love. The Goddess Fortuna, in any or all of Her aspects, may be petitioned privately in the home, and at any time that the need or desire to pray arrives naturally.
Fortuna statue at Caesar's Palace Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
In answer to the question whether anybody still believes in or prays to the Goddess Fortuna, the answer is Yes! She was the original "Lady Luck" . Statues of the Goddess Fortuna appear in numerous casinos, as an inspiration of both fortune and good fortune for players. Her symbol, the wheel of fortune, appears in numerous computer games inspired by a long-running USA television game show of the same name. Fortuna's wheel was also popularized during the Italian Renaissance in a card game called " trionfi "; the inspiration behind the mystical Tarot cards. Fortuna's affiliation with divination goes back thousands of years, when Her lottery at Palestrina, Italy was nearly as famous as the Greek oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
Within the NeoPagan faith, the Goddess Fortuna is recognized as the daughter of Jupiter and Juno of the Roman pantheon, and as the Oceanid Tyche, daughter of Titans Oceanus and Tethys, in the Hellenic pantheon.
As both Fortuna and Tyche, She is honored as a Goddess of good luck and good fortune within many branches of NeoPaganism, including the Goddess Spirituality, Reconstructionist such as the Religio Romana, traditional Italian Stregheria, Wicca, eclectic and other paths of Paganism practiced worldwide.
In ancient times the original strength of the Goddess Fortuna was good fortune in the home and away from home, traditional family values, and equal opportunities for people from all walks of life. She has been a shining light for women and children; for happiness and success in long-term relationships.
Aspects of Her divinity, from ancient times through contemporary interpretations, have been believed to bring many kinds of blessings.
Goddess Fortuna has been shown as an angel with wings, a regal figure on a throne, with a cornucopia filled with coins or harvest. The Goddess Fortuna holds a wheel to show the turning of fate and fortune, a ships rudder, gently guiding our direction, or sometimes the reins of a horse whose companionship protects and defends.
Goddess Fortuna has been shown as an angel with wings, a regal figure on a throne, with a cornucopia filled with coins or harvest.
The Goddess Fortuna holds a wheel to show the turning of fate and fortune, a ships rudder, gently guiding our direction, or sometimes the reins of a horse whose companionship protects and defends.
The Goddess Fortuna may sometimes appear blindfolded. Perhaps She hears our prayers and sees our best solutions in the mind's eye without the distractions of the real world.
It is our hope that Goddess Fortuna will bring you inspiration, and a kind, gentle and meaningful image on which to focus during divine worship.
Guardian Angel by Pietro da Cortona
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